Seven busted in Calif. marijuana two-day sweep

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Authorities have arrested seven Sacramento-area residents suspected in two indoor marijuana-growing operations.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says agents seized more than 4,300 plants, about $83,000 in cash and one vehicle during a two-day sweep.

Six people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to grow and manufacture at least 1,000 marijuana plants and knowingly maintaining a place for manufacturing marijuana. One man was charged with manufacturing at least 1,000 plants.

The DEA says the two growing operations had the capacity to produce nearly 2 tons of marijuana annually.

Palin praises Oregon GOP for fundraiser

EUGENE, Ore. —Sarah Palin praised Republicans at a fundraising dinner in a liberal-leaning Oregon town for having the boldness to invite her to speak Friday evening.

The former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate was the headliner for the Lane County Republican Party's Lincoln Day dinner in Eugene. She spoke as about 150 demonstrators gathered peacefully outside the fundraiser.

Home to the University of Oregon, Eugene is a Democratic stronghold in a blue state, and Lane County registers nearly twice as many Democrats as Republicans. But local GOP officials invited Palin anyway to rally the GOP faithful.

"You guys are so bold to have invited us," she said. "We are of the same ilk."

Miners' kids, grandkids to get scholarships

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. —West Virginia University Institute of Technology will offer a scholarship to the child or grandchild of a coal miner killed in the explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine.

The Department of Social Sciences and Public Administration announced the Coal Mining Disaster Tribute Scholarship on Saturday. The award will be worth up to $4,000.